Initiative Description: A culturally adapted Strong Start (used the same curriculum components as Strong Start): 8 units and 14 lessons (one lesson per week)addressing feelings, anger, happiness, anxiety, friends, dealing with feelings etc with learning outcomes of forming early attachments, acquiring age-appropriate competencies, having exposure to settings that favor wellness outcomes, having the empowering sense of being in control of one’s own fate, and coping effectively with stress, but utilized books more relatable to target population (ie: the “I’m angry ” lesson used the children’s book “Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild” by Mem Fox instead of “Mean Soup” by Betsy Everitt) and an emphasis on staff awareness with staff being encouraged to know the students life circumstances, know the students’ community, deliver curriculum in a language the children understand (use appropriate language structure, use words children understand), encourage the tolerance of other viewpoints, become aware of variation in cultures and seek feedback.
Study Results: Postive impacts on self-regulation and self-competence for K,1 and 2nd grade African American boys.
Reference: Graves Jr, S. L., Herndon-Sobalvarro, A., Nichols, K., Aston, C., Ryan, A., Blefari, A., . . . Prier, D. (2017). Examining the effectiveness of a culturally adapted social-emotional intervention for African American males in an urban setting. School Psychology Quarterly, 32(1), 62-74. doi:10.1037/spq0000145
Level of Evidence: Very Good